EUREKA- A former sergeant with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with sexual assault by the Humboldt County District Attorney’s office, a year after he was originally arrested.
According to Kelly Neel, Assistant District Attorney, Jason Scott Daniels has been charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object.
Daniels was arrested for the crime last year while he was a sergeant with the Sheriff’s office.
He will be arraigned for the charges on October 30th, 2014.
The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office filed charges this week against a former Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office sergeant — once lauded for saving the life of a young suicidal mother of two — for the alleged sexual assault of two women while he was on duty, according to court documents.
Jason Scott Daniels, 41, was arrested one year ago Saturday by a district attorney’s office peace officer after a woman, referred to as Jane Doe, came forward to the office to say she had been sexually assaulted and propositioned while being detained by him, according to the statement of probable cause for arrest.
“Doe told two different subjects of the incident immediately after,” the document states. “Those two subjects were later interviewed and corroborated Jane Doe’s accusation.”
The two women who came forward to the district attorney’s office both alleged that Daniels had “willfully and unlawfully” touched them on an “intimate part” while they were being unlawfully restrained by him.
Daniels has been charged with sexual penetration by a foreign object and sexual battery for incidents that allegedly occurred against Jane Doe No. 1 on Aug. 29, 2013, and a third count of sexual battery against Jane Doe No. 2 that allegedly occurred on March 13, 2013, according to a felony complaint filed Thursday by the district attorney’s office.
Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel said she could not comment on the nature of the investigation or the length of time it took to charge Daniels. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 30 at the Humboldt County Courthouse.
Sheriff’s office Lt. Steve Knight said Daniels was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 17, 2013, and “separated” from his employment with the sheriff’s office on Feb. 19, 2014. Daniels was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2000 after working for both the Trinidad and Blue Lake police departments and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2011.
In April 2013, Daniels saved a 21-year-old woman contemplating suicide as she stood on a 2-inch ledge above a 75-foot drop into a riverbed. Daniels talked to the woman for nearly 90 minutes and took the opportunity when she leaned in closer to grab her by the hair and pull her over the railing to safety.
Former Sheriff’s Sgt. Charged with On-Duty Rape
POSTED BY THADEUS GREENSON ON FRI, OCT 17, 2014 AT 12:26 PM
A former Humboldt County Sheriff’s sergeant has been charged with committing rape and sexual battery while on duty last year.
Jason Scott Daniels, 41, was arrested Oct. 18, 2013 by investigators with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office based on allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman while detaining her. Thursday, the DA’s Office filed a three-count felony complaint charging Daniels with sexual y penetrating a woman with a foreign object against her will and sexually battering her while she was unlawfully restrained on Aug. 29, 2013, and a separate charge of sexually battering another woman while unlawfully restraining her on March 13, 2013.
The DA’s Office confirmed last year that the two alleged offenses from Aug. 29, 2013 were both committed while Daniels was on duty. It’s unclear why almost a year passed between the dates of Daniels’ arrest and his being formally charged with a crime. Calls placed to the DA’s Office today were not immediately returned.
Amid the rape investigation, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office placed Daniels on administrative leave Oct. 17, 2013 and he was “separated from county service” Feb. 19, 2014, according to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight, who said he couldn’t comment on the nature of Daniels departure from county employment.
Daniels — a former field-training officer, member of the county gang task force and sheriff’s office crisis negotiation team — was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2000, and promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2011. Just months before his arrest, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors presented Daniels with a certificate of recognition for his work saving a suicidal mother of two threatening to jump off the Willow Creek Bridge. After reportedly negotiating with the 21-year-old for about 90 minutes as she stood on a narrow ledge 75 feet above the Trinity River, Daniels grabbed her and pulled her to safety.
A local product, Daniels worked for both the Trinidad and Blue Lake police departments before joining the sheriff’s office. He went through the College of the Redwoods Police Academy after attending Eureka High School.
Daniels is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 30. He faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison if convicted on all counts.